Police take skateboarders' video of them destroying property

THREE skateboarders using a video camera to record their exploits unwittingly captured evidence of damage to private property for investigating police.

Joshua Edward Clark, 20, of Gympie appeared in Gympie Magistrates Court Monday charged with wilful damage.

Clark was one of three men involved in the incident.

The court heard on November 16, Gympie police received a report of three male skateboarders in the Young St carpark who had broken a timber guardrail.

Upon arriving at the scene, police observed five males in the vicinity of the carpark and noted the timber rail had been broken.

The court heard it appeared the guardrail had been broken to allow the skateboarders to jump from the carpark's edge to the street below.

Witnesses interviewed by police described three males deliberately breaking the timber guardrail.

As the skateboarders were using a video camera to record their activities, police seized the equipment as evidence.

The court was told the footage showed the three males damaging the guardrail while subsequent contact with the business resulted in a formal complaint.

Appearing to answer his role in the offence, Clark's lack of a criminal history was noted prior to sentencing.

Clark, who represented himself, told the court in his defence the timber guardrail was decayed, eroded and easy to dismantle.

"It was already broken and a hazard to people," he said.

Clark pleaded guilty, was fined $300 and no conviction was recorded.

A third of the guardrail's repair, quoted in full at $1,292.52, was sought in restitution.

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